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quietearth [Film Festival 01.15.09] movie news drama

I get the distinct feeling this is an experimental piece with almost (or possibly) no speaking whatsoever. Beautifully shot in black and white with a brief mention of Godard, it's a naked portrait, both metaphorically and realistically, of an attractive young woman. The film is directed by Maartje Seyferth and Victor Nieuwenhuijs with Victor Nieuwenhuijs DP'ing.

In the film, darkness descends on a young woman. Or better put: a girl. A silent, limber and beautiful girl. We are allowed to see her. All of her, while she explores her body in a mirror. Bravely played by Nellie Benner in a ground-breaking performance. She enters the city and the film closed and introverted. The film captures the girl from up close. Alone with the camera, the girl has no shame. She exposes herself. She dances. Strips, really. She has a job at a gas station and none of her colleagues seem to consider her special. She keeps silent. All the same, an older man, whom cities just seem to be full of, does notice her. Effortlessly, actor Titus Muizelaar puts across this man’s sinister traits. He does not need words, either.

NSFW trailer after the break.

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